Pumpkin Apple Protein Bars

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Here’s a delightfully chewy protein bar for the morning commute, to fuel-up for the gym, or to re-fuel after that workout (but it’s really a healthy, go-to snack or tea-time treat any time of day). And take note for the holidays: This one’s a simply-sweet gift that you can make for friends, too, so get your cellophane bags and ribbons ready! (These stack nicely cut into 2-inch square portions.)

Each serving is just 65 calories, and low in carbs (9 g), cholesterol (20 mg), fat (2 g), sodium (35 mg), and sugar (4 g), with 4 g of protein, and a nice boost of potassium at 85 mg.

Ingredients:

1 non-stick cooking spray

1 egg (whole)

2 egg whites

1 tsp. vanilla extract

3 tbsp. brown sugar blend substitute

1/3 cup canned pumpkin*

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 apple (peeled or grated, using the large hole on the grater)

1/2 old fashioned rolled oats (not quick cooking)

1/4 cup almond meal (almond flour)

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (reduced carb; 18 g protein per scoop)

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat an 8” x 8” baking pan with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg, egg whites, vanilla, brown sugar blend substitute, pumpkin, applesauce, and grated apple. In another medium bowl, mix together oats, almond meal, protein powder, cinnamon, and baking powder. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, and mix until blended. Pour into prepared baking dish, and bake for 25 minutes. Let cool, then cut, and serve.

*Use canned pumpkin only, not pumpkin pie filling, which has more sugar added.

Recipe from www.diabetes.org.

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